According to Philly.com, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha was knocked out of practice after colliding with safety Nate Allen.
The website reports:
“Asomugha laid face down on the ground with little to no movement for close to five minutes before he finally rose to one knee. The cornerback then slowly stood, was helped to a cart and driven inside. Asomugha’s shirt was bloodied and he held his head as he drove off.
Allen was down for a brief period, but he got up much quicker than Asomugha and returned to practice.”
Obviously this is terrible news for a team that just got over Michael Vick’s thumb scare, and threatens the team’s overall depth at the cornerback position.
If Philadelphia were to lose their best press-man cornerback for an extended period of time, it will be difficult for the Eagles to remain aggressive on defense. Their scheme is centered around generating pressure with the defensive line, while locking up receivers on the outside with man-to-man coverage.
As of right now, the only player left on the roster who has proven he can play in this system is Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
This injury should force Juan Castillo to shuffle around the players in his secondary.
Long time veteran Joselio Hanson will replace Asomugha on the outside, and should do the same in nickel packages until rookie Brandon Boykin is brought up to NFL speed. Second-year corner Curtis Marsh remains out as well due to injury, so don’t be surprised to see Boykin get more reps with the first-team defense.